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UK now has anti-austerity opposition too

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 01:26

The new leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party has named a hard-left former trade union official, who has backed renationalising the country's banks and higher taxes on the wealthy, to run his economic policy. As Sonia Legg reports many business leaders have also expressed dismay at the election of another anti-austerity opposition leader.

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UK now has anti-austerity opposition too

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 01:26